School work got serious when you had to learn to use PowerPoint. Before that, school was all finger painting and show and tell. PowerPoint was a game changer. All of a sudden, you were responsible for actually distilling information you learned from research and presenting it in (some of) your own words. PowerPoint began that long march towards the boring world of adulthood. After your first bullet point-filled presentation, computers are no longer for Math Blaster and Kid Pix. The glowing screen, mouse, and keyboard are now for work, and there is no going back.